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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 1, 2006 2:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the way?

I guess with me it was because I first discovered the Dead via Europe 72 then went back and nailed the deal with Anthem of the Sun and LiveDead. I took the first chance I got to see them live at Alexandra Palace in 1974 but after that it was mostly (if not entirely) the studio releases. I never really liked the Brent era albums as much as I had the ones that came before and I only ever saw him play over three nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London in 1981. The next time I saw the Dead was Halloween 1990 at Wembley - by which time Brent was gone. So, I never did get a chance to know 'the new guy'. Maybe its time to redress that.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Oct 1, 2006 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the way?

As far as Brent era studio releases, I have to agree. A buddy of mine used to say that the band, in those days, would take some perfectly great songs, go into the studio, over-rehearse them until they had beaten any sign of life out of them , and then record them for the album. That being said, to me, the live stuff stacks up to any other era.